Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core


Thunderbolt / USB Audio Interface with 36 DSP and FPGA real-time effects

  • 2 DSP and 1 FPGA to process Antelope FX
  • 24 Bit / 192kHz
  • Up to 130 dB dynamic range (D / A)
  • <1ms latency for monitoring
  • Effects and microphone simulations
  • Antelope 64 bit acoustically focused clocking
  • Integrated talkback microphone with push button
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 483 x 229 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 3.1 kg
  • System requirements: Windows 10, OS X: 10.11 / 10.12 / 10.13
  • Incl. power supply and USB cable


  • 2 Microphone / line / instrument inputs (XLR / TRS combo socket)
  • 6 Microphone / line inputs (XLR / TRS combo socket)
  • 8 Line outputs (D-Sub 25)
  • 2 Monitor outputs (6.3mm TRS jack)
  • 2 ReAmp outputs (6.3mm jack)
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs (6.3mm TRS jack), each with its own volume control
  • Assignable foot switch input (6.3mm jack)
  • 2 x ADAT input / output
  • S / P-Dif input / output (RCA)
  • 1 x Wordclock input and 3x Wordclock output (BNC)
  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 port

Includes 36 real-time synergy core effects, modelled preamps, dynamics and equaliser:

  • Gyraf Gyratec IX (Tube Mic Preamp)
  • BA-31 (Mic Preamp)
  • VCA160 (Compressor)
  • Stay-Levin (Compressor)
  • FET-A76 (FET Compressor)
  • FeedForward Antelope Compressor (Compressor)
  • X903 (Compressor/Limiter)
  • Power EX (Expander)
  • VEQ-1A (Tube EQ)
  • VEQ-HLF (Passive High/Low Filter)
  • VMEQ (Tube EQ)
  • Clear Q (Parametric EQ)

Modelled guitar amplifiers and speakers:

  • Plexi 59 (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Bass SuperTube VR (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Darkface 65 (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Top30 Bright (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Tweed Deluxe (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Overange 120 (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • BurnSphere Lead (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Marcus II Lead (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Modern CH3 (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Rock 75 (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Rock 22.10 (Tube Guitar Amp)
  • Darkface 65 2x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Bass SuperTube VR (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Darkface 65 (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Top30 Bright (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Tweed Deluxe (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Overange 120 (Guitar Cabinet)
  • BurnSphere Lead (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Marcus II Lead (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Modern CH3 (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Rock 75 (Guitar Cabinet)
  • Rock 22.10 (Guitar Cabinet)

Additional effects:

  • Auraverb (Reverb)
  • Power Gate (Gate)
Recording / Playback Channels 26x32
Number of Mic Inputs 8
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 10
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 2
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface No
Word Clock 1xIn, 3xOut
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 483 mm
Depth in mm 229 mm
Height in mm 44 mm
available since July 2019
Item number 468506
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number of Line Outputs 10
Phantom Power 1
AES/EBU Connectors 0
Max. Samplerate 192 kHz
Max. Resolution in Bit 24 bit
Incl. Power Supply 1
Windows Thunderbolt driver 1
Thunderbolt Version 2
Included in delivery Power Supply, USB cable
Zero latency monitoring 1
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Superb interface for a decent price (especially with promotion!)
Tielemat 07.07.2021
Until my new discrete 8 arrived, I used a combination of a Antelope Zodiac Gold DAC for monitoring and an Iconnectivity Audio4+ for inputs. I was used to the pristine sound of the Zodiac, which was important in my choice. Since I was ready to upgrade my synth-based homestudio, I was lurking towards the UAD Apollo offering. Having previous pleasant experience with Antelope though, I took the time to explore what they had in store. What an excellent decision !

When I read about the deal with the Edge Solo Microphone and a free FX bundle, the choice became quite easy.

The interface was of course a enormous update compared to the Audio4+, which apart from offering IOS connectivity , wasn't such a great tool.

+ I had to dig into the authorisation process of all things included, but with the fast response of the helpdesk, everything went smoothly.
+ The internal processing coupled with excellent plugs will extend the lifetime of my Mac mini 2012 (quad core i7) for a couple of years
+ User interface and routing seem to be transparent. I still have to explore further
+ Latency reduction is impressive, and there seems to be a significant CPU offload , even with CPU-intensive plugs such as the Roland Cloud Synths.
+ The AFX2DAW is an elegant solution to use plugs in standard DAWs

+ It would have been nice to include a Thunderbolt cable.
+ Having to buy and use an Ilok key just for the mic emulations is a bit overkill.
+ There's still no AFX Reverb available. I hope it will come one day

Overall and till further notice, I'm very happy with my purchase. A studio-grade interface for half the price of the competition with pristine sound and transparent user interface. What more could you want ?


More than a worthy successor for my UAD Apollo
Vidi 24.09.2021
I'm a long time UAD Apollo user, and have generally been happy with it, apart from the relatively high latency of the drivers. Even after adding a TB3 card, I found it hard to track instruments in real time.
Those headaches disappeared after acquiring this device. It's super stable, even at very low buffer sizes. Add to that pristine IO, a very good internal clock (which made my Black Lion clock redundant), and very good DSP effects.
What could be better? Routing is pretty complex, you really need to wrap your head around it. And compared to UAD, using the DSP effects in your DAW is no so elegant (though, as said, they are worth it).
All in all, I'm a very happy customer. And, as always, very smooth handling by Thomann.


MB202 18.12.2020
I rarely write reviews but since I spent hours on finding relevant information on this card, this might help future buyers out.

This card has simply a beautiful sound, not harsh but somewhat “rounded”, like using analog gear. The dynamic headroom is phenomenal. Antelope is known for its clocks, not for its sound cards, but so far I have not encountered one problem. Tested and tried— and it works flawlessly on both Mac and PC.

I was also worried about the customer service as Antelope does not have a good name in the field, but I tested it and they always replied to me within a day or so with the correct answer. Antelope just has a real problem with marketing: it is difficult to find the right information and the promotional videos are just terrible. I’m sure that if they would spent more time on providing their costumers with information, they would boost their sales enormously.

Since with these DSP cards, you basically buy into the software system, it is important to say something about the hardware emulations. The emulations are knockoffs of famous gear (with some bizarre names, I guess so that Antelope doesn’t get sued for IP violations). They are of course not the same as the original but they just sound very good and that is what it is all about. The prices for buying additional software are correct (contrary to the prices of the main competitor). As I said, this is the main thing, as you basically are locked into a software system when using DSP cards. I like the idea of buying stuff from a company that makes good products without spending enormous amounts of money on marketing, the “correct” endorsements, etc. In terms of sound, this Antelope is surely as good as the competitors in this price range (1000-2500). For me, the big selling point was that you have 8 AFX channels available on this card (4 on the Discrete4) so you can mix “into” the compressors. Competitors had 4 channels max (I’m talking about the internal routing from your DAW to the Card, and possibly back).

So, is there nothing to criticise? There is:
- The sound is sometimes perhaps a bit too boomy, using particular compressors, but you can dial that down (it is somewhat exaggerated, the UA ones are calmer).
- It’s a matter of personal taste, but I think that the control panel as well as the emulations don’t look very good (like a FL interface from 10 years ago). But the sound is great and that is what it is all about. There is nothing to be automated (unfortunately) and there are no presets (thank god!).
- Compressors, EQ, Pre-amps, are all great, but the guitar amp simulations are nothing special; they might work for some rock guitar but it is difficult to get a open clean sound (the solution perhaps: add an EQ). The one bass amp simulator is very usable.

You will end up with a hybrid solution: using a DSP card means that some stuff is running from there, and other plugins still run from the DAW. You have to select what you like and what is technically possible, but with this card you will certainly find enough of your liking. The AD converters are, to my ears, the best in this price range.

And so I’m very happy with the purchase of this card that I can recommend to anyone without reservations!


Incredible upgrade in sound and features
The Gorgon 31.10.2019
I first started recording my drums two years ago with a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 + Octopre. As I grew in the process I stumbled upon the limitations of that interface and started researching my future upgrade options. After thorough research I was leaning towards RME UFX+ and Antelope Orion Studio Rev. for the USB connection, tons of I/O and built in DSP. It also meant I had to save up to around 2500€ before I could upgrade.

When Antelope announced the Discrete 8 SC series I was blown away. The FPGA + extra DSP chips allow for extensive use of latency free analog modeled plugins + future third party plugins (as of now Antares Autotune for example) and the I/O possibilities are excellent for my usage (8 pre's + another 8 over ADAT @ 96kHz, total channel count of 24 I/O over USB @ 96 kHz). All this at around 1200€, so I just went for it!

Antelope promisses pristine sound quality and instrument separation and they really deliver! Even mixing previously recorded projects became a breeze because I could finally hear minute changes in EQ and compression. Apparently just due to the DA conversion. My first recordings through the interface sound stellar. I couldn't be happier.

I had one minor issue setting up media playback in Windows, but Antelopes support over chat solved it for me in 2 minutes.

As always thank you Thomann for perfect delivery and customer service!


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